Rick, you and I are in just the same situation, however my hobby it threatening to take over.Here is how to resolve the situation: Step one it to completely forget about ROI. Buy whay you need to get the job done, speakers, amps, trailer, tow vehicle, power distros, cables, lights, whatever it takes. Sense its a hobby think of is as if you owned a big boat... you pour $ into it for the pleasure of using it sometimes. The next step it to look around your area and see if there is some place you can rent "racks & stacks" for the bigger outdoor shows. This will be main speakers, subs, amps, cables, crossover, processing, often accompanied by a system tech. You simply supply everything else.If you are in a market where the above is simply not available or totally uneconomical due hi rental rates you get to start piecing together a festival rig. If you want to insure a successful outcome you must have a system that will survive anything that is thrown at it: rick, country, death metal, hip hop.... to do this for 1,000 ppl outdoors takes a pretty serious amount of stuff.I am booked to do a big party at a large campground this year. My client says I won't need the big rig because he did it with his bar rig last year and only blew up one speaker...Guess what, I have learned not to let the clients dictate what rig to bring. Another factor is 'outdoors' can be a number is situations. An amphitheater type setting can be much easier then a flat open field. An outdoor gig in a downtown area surrounded by buildings presents it's own problems. Personally, I don't believe simply doubling the size of you indoor rig will be sufficient... but I could be mistaken about the actual needs.
I agree this is a good combo. However, i don't think this is significant upgrade from live x either.
Larger shows require a system that is several orders of magnitude beyond a bar rig. The nice part is that with larger shows come more meat in the seats (and more money to rent Enough Rig For The Gig). Festivals and such are no place for hobbyist sound.
I blew up my share of PA learning This in the early 1980s.
I have never blown up anything thankfully. At least not in this context.
Give yourself a chance. You'll be richer for being poorer. Trust me.
I don't get it?
Hi Marc-The process of learning involves failures of materials, methods, and personnel. It's really okay to kill a few speakers or power amps along the way; the repair or replacement costs are the tuition at Ye Olde Skool of Audio Harde KnocksŪ. You acquire certain knowledge and experiences that cannot be communicated in print or on an internet forums. It is not a grave moral failure.Yeah, it sucks to figure out you need $300 worth of recones or HF diaphragms, but now you know what it takes to kill them, and how the rig sounded leading up to the moment of failure - how it sounds when it's "stressed." One of my "system guy" tasks is determining if I can safely give a Band Engineer "a little more" HF/MF/Subs if asked, and some of what I'm listening for in the system I learned the Ye Olde Way. The tuition continues to pay off for me.Have fun, good luck.Tim Mc
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